Dealing with the pain of shingles or chest surgery? An intercostal nerve block at the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia can deliver significant and lasting pain relief. We offer effective treatment options for men and women in Kingsland and Brunswick, GA.
What is an Intercostal Nerve Block?
An intercostal nerve block is an injection that temporarily stops pain signals along the intercostal nerve to relieve chest pain. An intercostal nerve block is most frequently used to relieve pain from a surgical incision or pain from shingles, which is caused by a flare-up of a herpes zoster infection (or chickenpox).
This nerve block targets the intercostal nerves under each rib. When tissue or the nerves themselves become inflamed or irritated, you may experience significant pain that makes it difficult to manage daily tasks. An intercostal nerve block combines local anesthetic and steroid medication to significantly relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
What Does an Intercostal Nerve Block Treat?
Intercostal nerve blocks are most effective for patients who are experiencing recent acute chest pain that hasn’t responded well to more conservative treatments. This procedure works best to treat shingles pain, rib fractures, and incision or post-surgical pain in the chest.
How Long Does an Intercostal Nerve Block Treatment Last?
For some people, an intercostal nerve block produces immediate pain relief, although you can expect your pain to return when the local anesthetic wears off. It usually takes a few days for the steroid to begin working and offer longer-term pain relief. For some people, an intercostal nerve block offers months of significant pain relief; for others, the relief can last up to a year or longer. If the nerve block offers relief, the procedure can be repeated periodically.
You don’t need to live with the pain of shingles or a difficult surgical recovery. The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia develops tailored treatment plans that include options like intercostal nerve blocks to help you enjoy significant pain relief in Kingsland and Brunswick, GA.